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November 18, 2017

Brandon John Mills

Brandon John Mills, 20, of Strongs, Michigan passed away Saturday afternoon, Nov. 18, 2017 after his fight against leukemia at his home surrounded by his loving family.


Brandon was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on Sept. 13, 1997.  He graduated from Brimley High School with the class of 2017.  Brandon was passionate about sports and helped out in any capacity at any sports event at his high school.  He enjoyed listening to music, making everyone smile, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He spoke highly about teacher, coach and mentor Scout Hester. He has far too many close friends to mention each one individually. Brandon loved many and was loved by all. The courage he has shown should be a lesson to us all.


Brandon is survived by his parents: Brian and Sherry (Klein) Mills of Strongs, MI; a sister: Jessica Mills of Brimley, MI; two brothers: Nathon and Joshua Mills both of Strongs, MI; a niece: Malina Mills of Brimley, MI; and two nephews: Davyn Olmstead of Brimley, MI and Kade Mills of Strongs, MI.  He is also survived by his grandparents: Lorraine and John Mills of Strongs, MI and Jackie and Jerry Klein of Eckerman, MI; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.


A funeral service will be held at 5:00 P.M. on November 22, 2017 at the Brimley High School Gymnasium.  Friends may call at the school from 3 P.M. until the time of the service. Luncheon to follow in the Brimley School Cafeteria. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Brian and Sherry Mills. 

November 08, 2017

Thomas W. "Buddy" Brown Jr.

Thomas W. "Buddy" Brown Jr. was born on Aug. 6, 1946 to Thomas and Evelyn Brown who resided at Whitefish Point. Bud passed away on Nov. 8, 2017 at his home following a lengthy illness.     

He graduated from Whitefish Township Grade School and Sault Loretto High School. He attended Lake Superior State University and played on the Lake State Basketball Team.     


On Sept. 16, 1967 he married Ella Bidelman and they had three children - Debbie, Cathy, and Thomas.     


He was a commercial fisherman for many years and was an entrepreneur in the restaurant business with the highly successful Brown Fisheries Fish House restaurant in Paradise, Michigan. He was an avid sportsman who participated in several sports including basketball, golf, softball, and baseball.     He was a noted story teller, and he especially highlighted stories about the many years of the commercial fishing business pioneered by his parents and others.     Buddy was a genuinely humorous person who shared his fun and teasing with friends and relatives of all ages - especially nieces and nephews.     Buddy was a lifelong member of the Whitefish Community and Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. He was president of the Parish Council for many years and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the Church after a major fire.     

He served as president of the Township School Board for eight years and was a trustee on the Township Board for several years.     

Bud is survived by his loving wife Ella, daughter Cathy, son Thomas, and granddaughter Megan Parish. He is also survived by his sisters: Marilyn (Harry) Chisholm, Joan (Garth) MacMaster and Jade (Mike) Silverman; mother-in-law Phoebe Bidelman; and sisters-in-law: Lynn Couturier and Patti (Richard) Boege. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and cousins and other relatives.     


He was predeceased by his parents: Tom and Evelyn Brown; daughter, Debbie Parish; sister, Kathy; and father-in-law, Laverne Bidelman.     


He was a Catholic who practiced his faith with simplicity and sincerity. Bud loved the Lord and was an example-of-faith to all who knew him. He will be missed.   


 Services have taken place with burial at Our Lady of Victory Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

November 05, 2017

Robert Joseph Bowen  

Robert Joseph Bowen, Sr., 76, of Bay Mills, began his journey Nov. 5, 2017. Robert grew up as one of ten in Bay Mills, and from a young age loved the outdoors that carried throughout his life. He married his teenage sweetheart, Delia Schofield, in 1963.     


Though he considered himself an avid hunter – he often brought home deer track soup. In spite of this, Robert was always the provider for his ever-growing family. Since his retirement in 2004, he has been busy puttering around the yard, gardening and “fixing” things.   

While “Papa” held many jobs in his life, he was often called upon as the community’s artist and general handy man. In fact, Robert’s paintings, lawn ornaments and other artistic creations are seen in the yards and homes throughout Michigan.   


But his true passion was music. He and Dee shared a love of guitar playing and music with their family. It would be difficult to find a community member who has not participated in a famous “Bowen Sing-a-Long.”     Papa, Big Papa, Pa, Rob and Uncle Bert as he was known to family and friends, is proceeded in death by his father and mother, John and Isabella Bowen, and his siblings John Jr., Albert, Dorothy, Florence, Henry “Hank”, Leo and James “Jimmy.” He has two surviving siblings George Sr. and Douglas. He is survived by wife Delia (Schofield) and six children Angela Bowen, Vicki Newland (Gordon), Isabella (Sean) Hulack, Robert Bowen Jr., (Charlene), Marquita Bowen (Jerry) and Mark Bowen (Brianna Bodin). He has 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren – and counting.   


Robert was the family’s rock; a gentle giant who got along with everyone. Family and friends know that Robert has joined his brothers for an indefinite croquet game in the sky. He will be missed by all.

November 04, 2017

Nicholas Michael Cameron   

Nicholas Michael Cameron, 40, of Brimley, passed away on Nov. 4 at the home of his parents, surrounded by family and friends. His Native name was  NING-GA-BEE-ANONG-INNINI and he was born on Sept. 7, 1977.   


He is survived by his children, Melody (Tre’) Michael, MaryJane, and Maddox of Bay Mills. His parents Harold and Corrine Cameron Jr.  Brothers Joseph (Rhonda) and Casey (Tamara) of Bay Mills.  He is also survived by five nieces and nephews; Joe, Lauren, Emily, Angelique, and Carter; his grandmothers, Marie Cameron, and Amelia LeBlanc.


Nicholas is also survived by many uncles and aunts on both sides of the family and also by many cousins all who are still in the Bay Mills area.  Nicholas attended Brimley high school until he became a laborer for his uncles fisheries.  When he wasn’t fishing he loved to play golf.  He played daily on Wild Bluff and entered many local tournaments and traveled to play on other courses.  On the courses he met many friends, some of who he became  very close with until the end of his life.  


Nick also played in a pool league.  Again, something he was very good at.  His teammates were his closest friends from Bay Mills.  He also liked to play bingo and was often very lucky at it.  Nick will be remembered for his infectious smile and his warm personality.     Services have taken place with burial at Mission Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at

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